A good film pulls you firmly into it, letting you suspend your disbelief at least for a time. A great film is one which makes you say "How'd they do that?" or "The (imagery/story/characters/etc.) blew me away."
The best way to rate films is tell others if it worth spending your hard earned money on.
How I Rate My Films
(A) = Worth Buying.
(B) = Worth seeing in a Theatre (even if it is not worth buying).
(C) = Worth Renting for full price.
(D) = Worth Renting at discount (or through a one price monthly rental service).
(E) = Worth watching for free (such as on network TV).
(F) = Not Worth Watching.
(NR) = Not yet rated.
This movie was extremely slow. Although I occasionally laughed, many of the laughable moments were already shown in advertisements. Even worse, many of the things I saw in the advertising were not even in the final release of the film. This is tantamount to false advertising and practically unforgivable.
Although there was one short scene which could have elevated the film to above average level, it was too short and too far into the film to make a real difference. Overall, I would have to say that there was not enough in this film to recommend paying the extra money to see it in the theater when it could be watched at home for much less.
Having read and enjoyed the book and some of its sequels, I did not go into this film expecting much. Perhaps this was the key. Perhaps it had been so long since I had read the book that it was not so fresh in my mind that I could readily see the changes and could therefore see it as a film. It was certainly not so fundamentally altered as to be nearly unidentifiable, such as one of my favorite films Starship Troopers. The film did not grip me as completely as the book, certainly. There was not as much emotion in myself, and for that reason it felt a little flat. Plus I knew the twist at the end and was therefore looking for it in the characters throughout. Still, I enjoyed it as a movie and it was certainly watchable. Worth seeing in the theater. B
After Shawn of the Dead, I expected more. The logic of the film, even as a comedy, was flawed and unbelievable. The movie rehashes an old joke that was funny the first time but doesn't fit as well and consequently falls flat this time around. Technically the movie was adequate and the acting was okay. I just could not get behind the premise. This movie is worth renting at full price if you are bored. C-
The 1976 Brian DePalma version may be dated and the technology might not be as advanced, but the mind accepts its limitations and fills in the gaps. The new film was basically a remake of this film, which was based on the book. A good thing about the remake is that it might bring in a new audience. For those of us old enough to have seen the original there is little that is different here, which makes me wonder why they bothered remaking it. Unfortunately what was considered ground-breaking in 1976 is not ground-breaking today. If you have not seen the original, then it is worth seeing in the theater. If you have, then you might want to consider waiting till video. B-
Although he had many of the mannerisms and the body language of Steve Jobs down, I found it hard to think of the main actor as anyone but Ashton Kutcher. This led me to wonder if they would have been better off going with a lesser known actor. The movie was, for the most part, boring. Many times I found myself shifting restlessly in my seat and wondering when the movie was going to end. Whether the story is based on true life or not, it is up to the writer and film makers to find a personal story-line, an arc on which to hang the film. In this, the movie failed miserably. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999), made when Steve Jobs was still alive, was a better film. Jobs is barely worth renting at full price. (C-)
I had never heard of this movie before I saw it, but it contained Jesse Eisenburg and Kristen Stewart, so I thought I would check it out. It is good movie about the angst of youth, but not the best movie ever written. I get tired of movies about poverty and crime and drug use, but it is not bad. This film is worth seeing in the theater, if you can find it there. For the rest of us, it will have to be rented or watched either online or on TV. B-
Although the delivery of dialog by the main actor can be a bit stilted at times and the special effects can seem a bit cheesy by today's standards, many consider the special effects of this film to be cutting edge for the time. Because of the acting, I can only say that this film is worth watching in the theater, however many horror fans will consider this to be a groundbreaking film worth buying. B
If you like comedy, especially British comedy, then you will enjoy this film. A group of Norsemen (one of them christian) set out by boat on a quest to find the halls of Asgard, wake the gods and bring about the end to the age of Ragnarok. Written and Directed by Terry Jones (Monty Python's Flying Circus), this movie contains most of the cast members of Monty Python.Not hilarious, but amusing nonetheless. Erik the Viking is worth watching in the theater if you can find it there. B-
It was painfully obvious that the writers either did not read, did not pay attention to, or simply chose to ignore, Revelations. Putting aside these large inconsistencies with the Bible, the movie was, for the most part, boring. Most of the movie was spent in a house with the main characters sitting around and doing very little. The only time I laughed was at the performance of Michael Cera supposedly as himself. Save your money on this one. This is The End of is only worth watching at a discount or through a service that you are already paying for.
I was impressed with the first movie by J. J. Abrams, despite the annoying fact that it almost completely negated everything that we have been watching about this world for generations. This sequel is better!
I did not expect much from this movie both as a sequel and from the commercials, but without giving anything away, this movie blew the first one away. The biggest problem with rating this film is that I can say practically nothing about it without spoilers, so I will just say watch It!